Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Where Do You Get Your Ideas?
These ideas don't all pan out of course. Sometimes they're related to a story I'm currently working on, but sometimes, they're just random. A sudden snippet of conversation, something I've read on the Internet or in the newspaper, sometimes it's just a word or two that pop up out of nowhere. When that happens, I think it's the Muse talking. It usually happens in the middle of a story, but not always.
When the lady asked me about my ideas, she was referring to Stutter Creek, my newest novel from 5 Prince Publishing. That's an easy one. In fact, if you've read some of my previous posts, you already know where I got the idea for this book. I ripped it right out of our local headlines.
There were a couple of other things in this novel that were also based in real life. The spirit-texting father? That was based on something that happened after my mom passed away. One day, my phone wouldn't dial any phone but hers . . . and those folks in the grief group? Some of them are real, too. Of course I've fabricated a lot of the details to protect the innocent, but the germ of the scene is authentic.
So there you have it. That's where I got the idea for Stutter Creek. And if you've actually read the novel, you will also know WHY I wrote it. I guess it's the same reason I write anything--I'm a control freak. I like being able to change--or control--the outcome of events (and darned if that isn't a pretty cool idea right there, hold on, let me go put that in the idea file, brb). Okay, done. And yes, for those of you who know how the story ends, I admit it, I do have a bit of a vigilante streak in me. Actually, it's about a mile wide. =)
Afterthoughts: Next time, I'll tell the true story of the idea for Stevie-girl and the Phantom Pilot. So tell me, where do you get your ideas?